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Heads of Missions and Agencies in Liberia to attend high-level meeting on the 20th anniversary of UNSCR 1325 on women, peace and security

Monday, November 9, 2020

The high-level meeting will be held as part of the activities organized by the Government of Liberia to celebrate the 20th anniversary of UNSCR 1325, a landmark resolution that was adopted on 31 October 2000 to affirm the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peace-building, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and in post-conflict reconstruction. In 2009, Liberia became one of the first countries to implement the UN SCR 1325 by developing the...

Engaging traditional leaders to end violence against women and girls and harmful practices in Africa

Monday, August 31, 2020

The Council of Traditional and Cultural leaders of Africa, in partnership with UN Women and UNFPA have kickstarted a webinar series which will be held between August and December 2020 as a component of COTLA’s advocacy and actions to advance gender equality in Africa and end sexual and gender-based violence and harmful practices.

High-Level Consultation on the Actions of Mediation of Women Leaders of Mali for the exit from the socio-political crisis

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

At the call of the women of Mali who have expressed the desire to be supported in their initiatives to end the crisis facing the country, a high-level consultation was held by videoconference between 59 women leaders from Mali, representing different socio-political backgrounds and the representatives of ECOWAS, the African Union and the United Nations, with the participation of Her Excellency Mrs. Ellen JOHNSON SIRLEAF, Former President of the Republic of Liberia, Nobel Peace Prize and President of honor of African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) and Mrs. Amina J. MOHAMMED, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations

Launch of Comprehensive Poverty Report, Women Empowerment Report, 47 County Poverty and Budget Briefs

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Nairobi, 10th August 2020 – As Kenya marks 10 years since the devolution of responsibility for various public services to county governments, a series of reports are being launched today namely: i) Comprehensive Poverty Report- utilized data from the Kenya Integrated Household Budget Survey (KIHBS) 2015-16 covering national, rural, urban and county levels. ii) 47 County Poverty Briefs – a summary of the Comprehensive poverty report, based on 2015/16 Kenya Integrated Household Budget Survey (KIHBS). iii) Women Empowerment Report- based on 2014 Kenya Demographic and Health Survey and covered national, urban and rural levels. iv) 47 County Budget Briefs – analyzed social sectors’ budgets for the period 2014/15-2017/18 focusing on health, education, child protection, youth and women services, water and sanitation, and nutrition.

New Women’s Empowerment Index for Kenyan Women and Girls

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Nairobi, Kenya – 04 August 2020 – A recent study using a first-of-its-kind measure of women’s empowerment, the Kenya Women’s Empowerment Index (WEI), shows that only 29 percent of Kenyan women can participate equally and effectively in political, economic, and cultural life — and that their involvement is largely dependent on household circumstances.

Press Release: Kenya's Women, Peace and Security Agenda enters next phase

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The Kenya National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2020 – 2024 (KNAP II) is the second phase of a process initiated in 2016 to implement the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325). By providing a framework to amplify voices of women at the grassroots, country and national level, it also aligns with the Leave No-no Behind principle.

Gender Equality Matters in COVID – 19 Response!

Thursday, April 30, 2020

COVID-19 is affecting everyone, especially women. African governments have restricted mobility and are enforcing social distancing. These steps, along with good hygiene, are vital to containing and preventing the further spread of the virus. But these steps are not equally available to all people and will have different impacts for many whose livelihoods are being disrupted

Press Release: Denmark signs a cooperation agreement with UNDP and UN Women in Ethiopia

Friday, March 29, 2019

28 March 2019, Addis Ababa - Danish Minister for Development Cooperation H.E. Ulla Tornaes has signed a cooperation agreement with UNDP and UN Women to release a total of US$ 4.5 million for the two UN agencies in support of their work in Ethiopia in the areas of governance and gender. Minister Tornaes noted As I reflect upon the last three days that I have spent here in Ethiopia, what strikes me most, is the potential and willpower of the women I have met. Significant progress has already...

Press release: UN Women announces Danai Gurira as Goodwill Ambassador

Sunday, December 2, 2018

During the global annual advocacy campaign, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (25 November – 10 December), UN Women today announced the appointment of internationally renowned award-winning actor-playwright Danai Gurira as its Goodwill Ambassador. As a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, Gurira will lend her name and dedicate her support to putting a spotlight on gender equality and women’s rights, as well as bringing unheard women’s voices front and centre.

Media Advisory: UN Women and Key Stakeholders to host Gender Ataya in Dakar

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

UN Women is organizing the first edition of "Gender Ataya" on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 on the 8th floor of the African Institute of Management (IAM), Dakar. The Gender Ataya is designed to open spaces for young people to contribute to inclusive and equitable development and decision-making processes within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals. It will provide a platform for young people to engage in dialogue with themselves and decision makers including government, CSOs and...

Press Release: As global mobilizations soar, UN Women brings survivors of violence and advocates to centre stage on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

New York, 19 November 2018  — Global movements such as “#MeToo”, “#TimesUp”, “#BalanceTonPorc”, “#NiUnaMenos”, “#HollaBack!” and “#TotalShutdown” and corporate walk-outs in recent times have exposed the magnitude of violence against women and girls and how often it is normalized. While research shows that violence against women and girls affects  one in three  women worldwide and that no country is...

Press release: Statement of the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) on the appointment of AWLN Member, H.E. Sahle-Work Zewde of Ethiopia as President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Addis Ababa / New York, 29th October 2018 The Members of the African Women Leaders Network (AWLN) received with immense joy and great honor the election of H.E. Ms. Sahle-Work Zewde, AWLN pioneer Member, as President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on Thursday 25th October 2018. H.E. President Sahle-Work Zewde, former Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General to the African Union, and Head of the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU) and a...

Prioritizing Investment in African Youth key to unleashing their full potential and achievement of Sustainable Development Goals

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

“Any society that does not succeed in tapping into the energy and creativity of its youth will be left behind.” Kofi Annan Africa has the youngest population with over 40% of its people below the age of 15, while about 20% of the population fall between 15-24 years age. This exponential growth presents the continent with a great opportunity to harness the potential of its youth in the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which is the international...

DE BEERS GROUP AND UN WOMEN ANNOUNCE CAPACITY-BUILDING PROGRAMME TO SUPPORT 500 WOMEN IN SOUTH AFRICA

Monday, September 3, 2018

De Beers Group and United Nations Entity for Women for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UNW) South Africa are pleased to announce the launch of a capacity-building programme to support 500 women micro-entrepreneurs in the communities of Blouberg and Musina, near De Beers’ Venetia Mine in Limpopo.   The key objective of the programme is to equip women micro-entrepreneurs with business management and life skills to build their confidence and capacity to operate and grow...

Business leaders taking action on gender equality and women empowerment

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The event was held to recognize and inspire business corporate leadership in advancing gender equality and empowerment of women, promote inclusive economic prosperity in realizing the 2030 Agenda.

United Nations, African Union and International Conference on the Great Lakes Region in partnership for a joint solidarity mission for women in the region

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Nairobi (KENYA), 10 August 2018 – The Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region, the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) and the African Union (AU), through their respective platforms and forums on women, and UN-Women, are undertaking joint solidarity missions to Burundi from 9–12 August, the Central African Republic from 13–15 August and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from 16–19 August. The...

Press Release: Turning promises into action

Friday, February 23, 2018

UN Women will on 28th February 2018 launch its flagship report, “Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. The report demonstrates through concrete evidence and data the pervasive nature of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere, and puts forth actionable recommendations on how to fulfill the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

UN Women announces first Regional Goodwill Ambassador for Africa

Monday, February 5, 2018

Ahead of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) tomorrow, UN Women announced the appointment of renowned activist Jaha Dukureh of The Gambia as Regional Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women. Ms. Dukureh will dedicate her efforts to support UN Women’s advocacy to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child marriage in Africa, with focus on mobilizing youth.

UN Women Country Representative meets Canadian Ambassador-designate; signs Letter of Agreement with Women’s Legislative Caucus of Liberia

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Liberia Country office in an agreement with the Women’s Legislative Caucus of Liberia Photo: UN Women As part of its efforts to support elected women representatives to effectively discharge their responsibilities UN Women in alignment with its global Flagship Programmes Initiative (FPI) yesterday signed an agreement with the Women’s Legislative Caucus of Liberia. The agreement signed yesterday, 18th January 2018 with the Women’s Legislative Caucus’s...

Press Release: Are you #HeForShe?

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

New York, NY (December 20, 2017) –  In commemoration of the United Nations International Human Solidarity Day, UN Women’s HeForShe movement issues an urgent call for men around the world to stand together in solidarity with each other and with women, to end sexual harassment. While stories of power imbalance and sexual harassment dominate the headlines, most of men have abstained from the current conversation. HeForShe invites men to break the silence by recording a short video...

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